Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 85
What was this episode? Did they just kill Haru off for the sake of convenience? God, I hope not. How should I put it… While I was elated to Haru in the spotlight for once, the duel itself was not fun to watch. I was honestly expecting better.
First of all, they weren’t subtle in any way, shape, or form when they were lining up excuses of why Haru was going to lose, which annoyed me because it’s a disservice to discredit a character like this, especially one who we are seeing duel for the first time.
Second, I am incredibly disappointed that they changed Aoi’s deck. While I get she’s with Aqua now, so they wanted to capitalize on this opportunity to promote new cards, I am not feeling this one. It doesn’t have the charm the Trickstars had, nor does it feel like they match with Aoi’s personality. Had they created a situation where we see Aoi inheriting Miyu’s deck, then it would make more sense to me, but since we were told no such thing, I found myself missing the Trickstars throughout much of the duel (not to mention, their designs were absolutely fabulous, and Marincess… leaves a lot more to be desired).
Thirdly, I sincerely hope this won’t be the last we see of Haru, because I honestly would love to see him grow as a character. I don’t know about you, but in just one episode, they succeeded in making me care about him. His backtory is pretty messed up, which is an understatement when you have a psycho like Lightning giving orders.
Although Haru was created first, but Lightning was not happy with the result, so he created Bohman. Once Bohman entered the picture, Lightning then assigned Haru to serve as Bohman’s “younger brother”, where he was tasked to basically babysit and teach him how to duel. (In fact, the deck Bohman uses was originally Haru’s from the start!). Haru carried out all the responsibilities an older sibling would be expected to do. However once Lightning stripped Bohman of his emotions, Haru was demoted further to being told to now act as his servant. Really… Haru has led a sad life, and I would certainly like to see him have a happier end if he can have one. So if Haru really was erased, it would honestly make me sad. But at the same time, if he does live, he’s likely to be reprogrammed or something, which would be a shame because I really liked seeing this side of him. Yet with the time constraints, maybe this is something they just don’t have time to do anymore, and so they had to sacrifice his character in such a way.
The one thing that gives me hope Haru might be still alive, was how last week we learned Haru and Bohman are due to merge together. But at the same time, with the way Lightning litterally told him ‘i don’t care if you die, your job is to buy time,’ it makes me wonder if maybe the two of them merging together was actually Bohman’s idea. Unlike Lightning and Windy, Bohman and Haru both have emotions. Although they don’t understand it, the two of them have forged a bond together, and this is what Haru came to realize today. Varying on will happen next, and what becomes of Haru, it would certainly be interesting to see Bohman become so intelligent and powerful that Lightning won’t be able to control him in the way he wants to. In fact, if Bohman can do this, he is probably Yuusaku’s and the team’s best chance of figuring out a peaceful solution that can protect both AI/Ignis and Humans alike.
Next week… well this is an unexpected matchup! We have Spectre VS Lightning, which I have no doubt will be a doozy because both of them are very good at psychological battles. I don’t want to set the bar too high in expectations, but this is something I hope will be done really well. The downside, well if Spectre loses, well that would blow, especially after such a long absence. It would certainly mean cutting down even more characters to focus on an even more contained cast, but man, I hope not. Maybe the two of them figured a way to protect themselves if they were to lose, because they really can’t afford to be dropping left and right against a fearsome opponent like Lightning himself.